Car accidents are common throughout Tennessee. Even in minor accidents, injuries can occur.
After an accident, you may feel fine and think you weren’t injured. However, failing to seek medical evaluation may lead to more serious issues down the road. Also, without medical treatment after an accident, it may be difficult to prove what injuries the incident caused, which can affect your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
Learn more about the most common injuries that occur in a car accident here to see why getting medical treatment is so important.
1. Head injuries
Head injuries are common in car accidents. Even driving at a low speed can result in your head striking a solid surface in your vehicle when you are in an accident. The impact can cause mild TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) like concussions or more serious issues, such as lasting cognitive issues and comas.
2. Back injuries
Back injuries are also common in car accidents. If your spinal cord is damaged in an accident, it can lead to significant nerve damage, and you may lose sensation and control in your feet, legs, hands, arms and other parts of your body. More serious injuries to the spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis.
3. Neck injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries in car accidents. This occurs with the sudden movement of your neck and head in a back-and-forth motion. It is most common in rear-end accidents. The damage whiplash causes can vary, but it usually results in swelling, pain and even temporary vocal cord paralysis.
Your rights after a car accident
You have rights if you are involved in a car accident caused by another party. One is to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Knowing your legal options will help you recover the damages you deserve.